The book of Proverbs in the Bible has a main subject: Wisdom. We are told in Proverbs 9:10 that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, therefore I cannot gain wisdom without fearing God. Now, we have to understand that it is not talking about a natural or worldly “wisdom”, but of the wisdom that comes from God.
1 Kings 4:29-34
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Herman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
That is why it continues saying that the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Wisdom and understanding come in hand, you cannot have wisdom if you don’t have understanding, but it doesn’t work the other way around. You can gain understanding without wisdom. For example, if a little kid doesn’t know anything around him, but begins to understand the things, his parents may teach him about those things, and he will gain wisdom.
With this God is trying to tell us that you need knowledge of Him, but not the knowledge of knowing He is real, but the knowledge of knowing who He is, to gain wisdom.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;
The only way we can know Him, is by fearing Him. For in this way we won’t sin any more.
1 John 3:6
Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.
The fear of the Lord is not wanting His presence away from us.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
We can also see that wisdom is a spirit.
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD;
1 Corinthians 2:12-14
We have not receives the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Wisdom cannot be gained without knowing God. We cannot know God without fearing Him, and fearing Him requires being crucified to our flesh, and our carnal desires, abhorring sin.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.